THE DEEDS OF AMHERST COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1761-1807, BOOKS A-K, AND ALBEMARLE COUNTY, 1748-1763, BOOKS 1-3; Compiled by: The Rev. Bailey Fulton Davis, 1979, Southern Historical Press, Inc., P.O. Box 738, Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738
19 May 1759 DAVID COWAN & wife JANE, planter, to JNO. COWAN for L10, 268 acres Mitchum River adj. HENRY CARR, WM. WALLACE. Wit: JOHN ANDERSON, JAS. COWAN, NICHL. WALLACE.
Note that this property is sold to John Cowan, and that James Cowan is a witness. Both are assumed to be kinsmen. The James Cowan is probaby the person to whom Person:Andrew Cowan (20) referred when he wrote his brother:
Cowan vs. Cowan Letter of Andrew Cowan to David Cowan, living in Albemarle, dated January 13, 1766. Loving Brother: This comes to let you know that we are all in good health at present, blessed be God for his mercies. Hoping that these few lines will find you in the same, I desire that you will go to James Cowan's and ask him for a note of mine that lies in my little trunk--a note of 2 pounds and five shillings, which William Teas(?) is due me against March 25, and get the money. for I am going to Carolina. I have nothing material to write you, but desire to be remembered to you all.
Since Andrew clearly identifies David as his brother, and does NOT do the same for James, it would seem that James is kindred, but not a brother.